From 2014 to 2017, life circumstances prevented me from painting, but I was not left with the hope of renewing my art researches. I was thinkinking over about how to create art that would be obvious to Russian, French, American, to every human. My Russian period’s works, for example the “I” series, were intuitively understandable to the Russian audience, but absolutely incomprehensible to the French. And vice versa, the work produced during my time in France were understandable only to the French. Rigid geometry, contrasting with the ubiquitous curves of reality, looked interesting in Russia, but in France it merged completely with the surrounding glossy landscapes and lost all interest. In addition, the puns (play of words), I am fond of, were practically untranslatable, because of their incoherence to the life in the place.
So, I painfully tried to understand what is common to all people of the 21st century. Is it possible to speak with all of humanity at the same time in one visual language? And finally, I realized what unites us — our primitiveness. In an incredibly complex, beautiful and lively surrounding world, we are able to remain surprisingly uncomplicated.
Technically, I moved back to the tempera. I can not get enough of its translucent nature in contrast to dense acrylic, and it seems to me more delicate. In addition, tempera, refers to the ikon, and I am attached to this parallel.